Southside Residents React to U.N. Recommendation to Eat Bugs

Danville, VA - The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization recently issued a report saying eating bugs is not only good for our health but it also helps the environment.

In other countries eating insects is considered a delicacy, but many local people on the Southside seem disgusted by the idea.

The United Nations says more than two billion people around the world eat bugs. In several countries, insects like caterpillars, bees, ants, and wasps are actually luxury food items.

The U.N. says if Western households start adding the critters to their dinner plates, they may see some health and environmental benefits.

"If companies chose to start mass producing insects for food, it does put off less greenhouse gases than cows or poultry," explained John Adkins, President of Four Seasons Pest Control.

The U.N. report also showed that insects are rich in protein and are great alternatives to meat. For some, though, that's not a good enough reason to start eating bugs.

"I would have to become a vegetarian first. I don't see me eating per se cockroaches, baked worms, no, not going to happen," said Paula Lakey.

"No thank you. Good gravy," exclaimed Jane Dolores.

"I just would not want something slimy crawling around in my mouth," Laura Nichols said.

The report says if the food industry starts introducing insects to the American diet, we may end up enjoying them.

For one Danville man who's lived in several Asian countries, eating bugs is nothing new.

"Grubs, pull the head off, pop them in your mouth, first bite is good, a little tangy, but after that it's all right. Grasshopper, pull the head off, fry them over an open fire and they're good. I think if they got past the thought and tried it, they'd be surprised how good it tastes," Richard Eames explained.

Many people said if they grew up eating insects, it probably wouldn't be that big of a deal. Because it's something so foreign to the United States, they doubt it would become a new trend anytime soon, though.